What Can you Create with Cans?

Cake Artist Ronn explores cans

So I was at home today pondering on what to write about for Fresh Friday. You know taking everyday objects that we may throw out as rubbish and recycle it into something fresh and new. Then it suddenly hit me as I was opening a can of green pigeon peas for the Pelau (Pelau pronounced: pay-la-w, is a one pot Trinidad dish) that granny was cooking, cans! they come in all shapes and sizes and usually after opening they are just discarded.

Food_Cans

Cans are very versatile when it comes to D.I.Y. craft projects. There are hundreds of different ways they can be transformed to something fresh and new. Cans can be turned to desk accessories, centerpieces,  cake stands, storage, lanterns, candle holders and even works of art that can adorn your home or even be given as gifts. That’s  naming  a few.

Today I am going to share just a few ideas with you.  All you need are a few basic supplies, empty cans and a whole lot of money, just kidding, creativity.

recycled cans_4429Vinyl Covered Recycled Cans

Here they covered the cans with a nice damask pattern vinyl.

Place them on a shelve and used them as storage for little odds and end you might have laying around the house.

(Idea from http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2012/08/vinyl-covered-recycled-cans.html)

iluminaria-lata-recicladaRecycled lanterns

 Handmade lanterns with cans.

 This is a great idea if you like doing out door entertaining.

 All you need is some paint, nail, hammer,and some candles.

I am  sure your guest would love them as much as you’ve enjoyed making them.

( Idea from http://restlessmindboosters.blogspot.com/2013/04/recycled-lanterns-diy-project.html )

bling_pencil_potBlinged out  stationary holder for the office.

Flat  back marbles or stones, Enamel Paint, Modge podge, Hot glue gun

Super cool and super easy. Add some bling to your office, this idea can also be used as a make up brush holder.

(Idea from http://www.creativeinchicago.com/2012/05/bling-pencil-pot-for-my-office.html )

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Cool Candle Holders

Just follow five easy steps and turn some old cans varied sizes to a  funky, vibrant candle holder centrepiece.

This idea was actual conceptualized for a retro art-inspired look for a wedding.                                                                                                                   Black spray paint, acrylic paint in different bright colours and paint brushes.

( Idea from http://www.bellenza.com/wedding-ideas/diy-projects/turn-recycled-tin-cans-into-cool-candle-holders.html )

7Woodland Cake Stand 

These stands are D.I.Y. the cans to the bottom are coved with moss, and a few silk butterflies added to give it a special touch. If you have difficulty sourcing the wood slab, a simple circle cut MDF board trimmed off with a nice piece of ribbon can do the trick.

These stands will definitely add a nice touch of nature to your buffet. Cupcakes with some nice natural flavours like coconut, lemon, or even some cinnamon spice will just add to a nature themed party or even a wedding, they will be appealing to both your sense of sight and taste.   (Idea from http://www.diyweddingsmag.com/diy-wedding-ideas-woodland-cake-stands/ )

F8MOUT8G1ZGGSJB.LARGE_Mosaic Can Art

This is probably one of my favourites.  Instructables created this works of art. They may look very heavy,but guess what those tile are actually made of Styrofoam.  The Styrofoam was painted with a water based acrylic paint then cut on a hot wire tool.

Names, words, designs, messages, images can all be cut from the foam material and applied the same way. How great is this project, it is definitely a must try.

( Idea from http://www.instructables.com/id/Can-Art-A-Way-To-Recycle-Some-Tin-Cans/#intro )

Really hope you were inspired by these projects. Bead Cafe Arouca and Bead Craft and Hobby carry most of the materials used in these projects eg. Mod Podge, Acrylic and enamel paints, adhesives, ribbons and much more.

Always remember to keep it fresh and throw away nothing, almost anything can be recycled, up-cycled,  reused or re-purposed.

Ronn Owen

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